White House Prepping For A Trump Resurgence? Biden Administration Taking 'Proactive' Measures

By Maria Angelino | Saturday, 17 February 2024 10:15 PM
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As the political landscape in Washington continues to evolve, President Biden's administration and his liberal allies are reportedly preparing for a potential return of Donald Trump to the Oval Office.

According to a recent report by the Associated Press, these preparations include the implementation of measures designed to limit the ability of a hypothetical Trump administration to dismiss thousands of government employees.

The report suggests that a group of left-leaning experts, legal advisors, and other individuals are confident in Biden's re-election. However, they are also urging the President to prepare for the worst-case scenario: a second Trump presidency commencing in 2025.

Michael Linden, a former executive associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under Biden, shared his insights with the AP. "My impression is the Biden administration is taking very seriously that potential threat and is trying to do things now," he said.

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Linden also acknowledged the limitations of these preemptive measures, stating, "Nobody should be under any illusion that there’s anything that this President can do in advance to prevent the next President from doing things that are very damaging, potentially catastrophically."

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The AP report also revealed that the Office of Personnel Management, the federal government’s primary human resources agency, is set to finalize a rule by April. This rule would prevent the reclassification of tens of thousands of workers, thereby making it more challenging for them to be fired. This information was confirmed by OPM spokesperson Viet Tran. A spokesperson for Biden's campaign further criticized Trump, accusing him of "already telegraphing plays straight out of the authoritarian playbook — gutting the civil service of people he deems disloyal and plotting revenge on his political enemies."

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The AP noted that if Trump were to return to power, it would take his administration several months or even years to reverse this rule. The report also suggested other potential strategies for Biden to counter a possible Trump succession, including promoting expanded collective bargaining agreements with federal personnel and designating more government posts as policy-dedicated, making these workers harder to fire.

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On the other side of the political spectrum, conservatives who support Trump argue that his return to power could finally put an end to liberal government careerists obstructing the agenda of a duly elected president.

Fox News Digital reported last year that the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank, has drafted a policy book with contributions from over 50 right-leaning organizations. This book is intended to provide an incoming President with a 180-day playbook of policy changes, including a "high priority" overhaul of the Department of Justice and the FBI. These recommendations form part of the group's Project 2025: Presidential Transition Project.

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The document states, "While it is true — as with other federal departments and agencies — that there are committed career personnel across the Department who perform their duties faithfully and with the best intentions… the Department has become a bloated bureaucracy with a critical core of personnel who are infatuated with the perpetuation of a radical liberal agenda upon the American people — and the defeat of political enemies."

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Towards the end of his term, Trump's administration attempted to reclassify tens of thousands of federal employees as "Schedule F," which would make them more akin to political appointees that are easier to terminate with a new presidency. Biden revoked this classification after taking office in 2021, but Trump has indicated that he would revive the effort if he were to return to power.

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Trump has been vocal in his criticism of Washington's "deep state," a term used to describe the permanently entrenched civil servants and bureaucrats who maintain their positions of influence regardless of who occupies the White House.

"Either the deep state destroys America or we destroy the deep state," Trump declared at a rally last year. This statement alarmed progressive critics and media commentators, who fear that Trump will reshape the government with loyalists who won't check his authoritarian impulses.

Russell Berman of The Atlantic wrote last year, "Trump’s drive to eviscerate this permanent bureaucracy… will bring about a return to the early American spoils-and-patronage system, wherein jobs were won through loyalty to a party or President rather than merit, and which the century-old laws that created the modern civil service successfully rooted out."

As the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024, Trump could become only the second U.S. President to reclaim the White House after being previously ousted. The first was Grover Cleveland, who served as the 22nd and 24th President, winning in 1884, losing his re-election bid in 1888, and winning again in 1892.

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